Mask - Love for Pigeons

Maree Clarkson

Joined February 2010

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Mask – Love for Pigeons

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Camera : FujiFinepix 2800Zoom – picture taken in their dove cote in my garden, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa
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This is ‘Mask’, one of Duffy and Wuffy’s off-spring, and he got his name from the white mask-like feathers around both eyes. He has mostly Wuffy’s colouring, but also sported some of Duffy’s purple on his neck.
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Mask was one of the pigeons that I found a home for when cutting down on the number of pigeons I had, and yet, even after the new owner had kept him inside the dove cote for 6 weeks, he pitched up back here shortly after that! I reckoned that earned him the status of “permanent resident” and he spent the rest of his life living here with his parents.
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How do pigeons navigate?
“There are many theories about how pigeons manage to return ‘home’ when released 100’s of miles from their loft.  A champion racing pigeon can be released 400-600 miles away from its home and still return within the day. This amazing feat does not just apply to ‘racing’ or ‘homing’ pigeons, all pigeons have the ability to return to their roost.  A 10-year study carried out by Oxford University concluded that pigeons use roads and freeways to navigate, in some cases even changing direction at freeway junctions.  Other theories include navigation by use of the earth’s magnetic field, visual clues such as landmarks, the sun and even infrasound (low frequency seismic waves).  Whatever the truth, this unique ability makes the  pigeon a very special bird.”
~THIS INFORMATION FROM AMAZING FACTS ABOUT PIGEONS


3rd March 2014 – FEATURED in Pigeons and Doves
1st April 2019 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
20th May 2019 – FEATURED in “My Metamorphosis”

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